These are the results for Southington High School’s varsity contests for Thursday, Feb. 8. For more in-depth coverage, read next week’s Southington Observer.
Wrestling—The Blue Knights closed out the regular season with a 44-33 victory over divisional New Britain at home. With the win, the Knights clinched the CCC West Division title with a perfect 6-0 record. The Golden Hurricanes jumped out to a 12-point lead with a pair of pins in the first two bouts, but the Knights quickly responded. Back-to-back pins by Darius Mangiafico (120) and Jacob Cardozo (126) knotted the score. New Britain held a six-point advantage with a pin in the very new bout, but the Hurricanes wouldn’t score again until the third-to-last bout. The Knights pulled away on the heels of pins by Josh Vitti (152), Bill Carr (170), and Paul Calo (182). Cardozo recorded the fastest pin at 1:12 into his bout. Jason Brault (138) brought the Knights to within three points with a 3-1 decision following New Britain’s final pin of the match, Tagan Welch (160) dominated his bout with a 15-0 technical fall, and Shaun Wagner defeated his opponent by default within the first minute of his bout, due to injury. The Knights forfeited the 285-pound weight class. The Knights will wrap up the week when they enter the postseason on Saturday with a trip to Berlin High School for the first-ever CCC Tournament. Southington finished the regular season at 13-2 overall (7-1 home, 6-1 away) and 8-1 in the CCC.
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